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Source of Life – Hollis Chatelain

by Dick Wilbur on September 27, 2016

Source of Life Hollis Chatelain – Hillsboro, North Carolina   Artist’s Statement Water is The Source of Life. We sing and dance to it, pray for it and dream and write about it. Water quenches our thirst, grows our food, washes us and gives us a means for play and relaxation. As our world becomes […]


She Brings them Water – Dawn Piasta

by Dick Wilbur on July 25, 2016

She Brings them Water  Dawn Piasta – Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada Artist’s Statement: Living on a farm I truly understand the value of water.  Although modern conveniences are at hand, my family and I still rely on water from a well 1/4 mile from home. The safety of the water is our responsibility. The well maintenance […]


Ancestral Rice Growing – Cathey LaBonte

by Dick Wilbur on June 17, 2016

Ancestral Rice Growing Cathey A. LaBonte – Moosup, Connecticut   Artist’s Statement My intent in this quilt is to visually communicate the importance of clean, fresh water for growing rice, a staple in the diet of many people around the world. My piece is inspired by “Ancestral Rice Growing” and influenced by my Pacific Islander heritage […]


Our Journey – Pauline Barrett

by Dick Wilbur on June 15, 2016

Our Journey Pauline Barrett – Killeen, Texas   Artist’s Statement In our society today, the triviality of everyday life often obscures what is of greater importance. It is so hard to believe that something can be taken for granted and wasted by so many and yet be such an invaluable lifesaving resource that is so […]


A Tree of Life – Lin Schiffner

by Dick Wilbur on June 5, 2016

A Tree of Life Lin Schiffner – Nevada City, California   Artist’s Statement: Awareness that clean water is essential to life and critical to the existence is spreading across the world. The threat of global warming further threatens world populations as droughts reduce reserves making clean water increasingly scarce. Endangering the existence and quality of […]


“Life Needs Water, Clean Water = Healthy Life” Barbara Eisenstein – Bethesda, Maryland   Artist’s Statement: Life needs water. Healthy life needs clean water.  Six hundred sixty-three million people on Earth do not have access to clean water–for drinking, food preparation, bathing, washing–and the consequences are disastrous: Every 90 seconds a child dies from the […]


Cool, Clean Water – Elinore Sigler

by Dick Wilbur on May 30, 2016

Cool, Clean Water Elinore Sigler – Paris, France   Artist’s Statement There seem to be two schools of thought for quilters where designing a quilt is concerned: those who carefully draw and design and then make what they have put down in their notebooks, and those who start with a general idea and improvise. I’ve […]


Water Line – Phyllis Stephens

by Dick Wilbur on May 18, 2016

Water Line Phyllis Stephens – Fayetteville, Georgia   Artist’s Statement: I am a dreamer; I dream of the day where every human being has access to clean water. I depict children waiting in line for unclean water when what is needed is a water line that pumps in clean water. As I think about the […]


Seeking Water – Jeanne McAfoos

by Allison Wilbur on May 16, 2016

  Seeking Water Jeanne McAfoos – Rome, Italy   Artist’s Statement: In using the traditional pattern called Storm at Sea, I selected various colors to represent the search and hardships of finding clean water by the women and children of the world. The color burgundy represents the dangers involved in finding drinkable water. The orange […]


7 Months Ago – Allyson Allen

by Dick Wilbur on May 13, 2016

7 Months Ago Allyson Allen – Sun City, California   Artist’s Statement: Everyday this young girl makes the perilous trek from her village to the river to collect the water her family desperately needs for drinking and cooking. One fateful day, her routine turn dangerous. Two strangers raped her. She still had to continue on […]

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When the Tap is Finally Turned On – Anita LaHay

by Dick Wilbur on May 12, 2016

When the Tap is Finally Turned On Anita LaHay – Alberta, Canada   Artist’s Statement: “Water is a precious commodity.” That is what my mother always used to say to us when we were kids in the 70’s and 80’s. This statement is true now more than ever. I have never had to haul water […]

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The Well Map – Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix

by Dick Wilbur on May 10, 2016

The Well Map Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix – Geneva, Switzerland                                                                                           […]

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A Clear Necessity – Ann L. Scott

by Dick Wilbur on April 18, 2016

  A Clear Necessity  Ann L. Scott – San Diego, California The lone seed in A Clear Necessity is a reminder that without water there is no sustenance. Every time I turn on a faucet, water a plant or clean out a paintbrush, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to live here in California, […]


  Title of Quilt: Six Per Cent (dimensions: 19″ width x 25″ length)   Artist’s Statement: The African continent is a patchwork – of cultures, of languages, of ecosystems – and bringing clean water to this continent may be a challenge. But the consequences of success will be powerful, especially in terms of changing the […]


Eleanor Levie – Let it Flow

by Dick Wilbur on April 11, 2016

Let It Flow  Eleanor Levie – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Today we highlight quilter Eleanore Levie of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who blogged about her experience in creating her quilt “Let it Flow.”  Below please enjoy excerpts and photos from her blog,   Artist’s Statement Water is a deeply complex issue, swirling with interwoven challenges of safety, security, social […]


Pure Water – Joan Blade Johnson

by Dick Wilbur on April 9, 2016

Pure Water Joan Blade Johnson – Hampton, Connecticut I chose to do an image of pure, clean, sparkling water, mindful of the Slovakian proverb: “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” It continuously inspires me to think about how universal access to pure water may be an antidote to many of the world’s […]

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Yearning for Water – Lynn L. Miller

by Dick Wilbur on April 6, 2016

Artist’s Statement:  Each thread, fabric, and every quilted stitch are words that I cannot express any other way.  I use this language to bring us closer together and make us more aware of one another in the fabric of our commonality, a sisterhood of mothers and daughters. Not so much art for art’s sake, but […]


  Artist’s Statement Inspired by visions, experiences, books, news reports and debates on TV, as well as by a concern for contemporary problems regarding human conditions, this quilt interprets personal concerns, pain and fears. The title half-opens the door to a story easily read by the viewer. “In Africa and Asia, women and children walk […]


With Water – Colleen Ansbaugh

by Dick Wilbur on April 2, 2016

Today we feature With Water, a lovely piece by fiber artist Colleen Ansbaugh of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Artist’s Statement: The cloth speaks to me. It tells me how it wants to be stitched, marked or embellished. I hand dye the fabric to reflect the colors in nature.  Often times my work is a mix of new […]

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Fish for Dinner – Nancy Turbitt

by Dick Wilbur on March 31, 2016

Today we feature Smithfield, Rhode Island quilter and teacher Nancy Turbitt, who contributed this guest blog on her Water is Life quilt, “Fish for Dinner.” “Last fall I was asked by Allison Wilbur to be a juror for a Quilt for Change call for entry, Water is Life. I happily agreed and along with the […]


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